A cowl is a very loose neck or hood on a piece of clothing. Christian monks often wear a belted robe-like garment with a cowl.

Use the word cowl for the hood on a long, wide-sleeved garment, or to refer to the garment itself. The front of a cowl tends to be closed, rather than open like a cloak or a cape, and this was the reason cowls became the formal wear for monks during the Middle Ages — the closed cowl was warmer. Catholic and Anglican monks still wear cowls today. The Latin root of cowl is cucullus, or "hood."

Definitions of cowl
  1. noun
    a loose hood or hooded robe (as worn by a monk)
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    type of:
    a headdress that protects the head and face
  2. noun
    protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine
    “the mechanic removed the cowling in order to repair the plane's engine”
    synonyms: bonnet, cowling, hood
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    type of:
    protection, protective cover, protective covering
    a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
  3. verb
    cover with or as with a cowl
    cowl the boys and veil the girls”
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    type of:
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
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